The Comets first game winning goal at home...
The Missouri Comets were happy to notch their first home win, even if it did take overtime. " A monkey off our back, it wasn't the prettiest game out there, but we certainly found a way to win" Coach Roentved commented post game.
The Comets jumped out to an early lead with a goal by Byron Alvarez just 40 seconds into the match followed by Beasley's first at 2:26. Chicago cut their deficit with a goal by Duda at 12:29 and then Megson scored 40 seconds in the second quarter to go into the half tied.
Chicago's Marojevic gave the Riot their first lead of the game with a three pointer at 3:37 of the third. The Comets Brian Harris with his own three pointer at 9:14 to tie it back up.
Brian Harris (#25) celebrating with fans...
Chicago would again go on top with a goal by Berenzon at 2:54. The Comets killed a 2 minute tripping penalty to Stefan Stokic and the Comets gained control just as he came out of the box. Vahid Assadpour played the ball up to a streaking Jamar Beasley. With Stokic making the run on the other side of the field, Beasley slotted his second goal past Riot keeper Jeff Richey to again tie the game.
With regulation time completed, the teams went into a sudden death overtime. After a horrible free kick Jamie Harding intercepted the ball and played an excellent pass off the wall to Beasley racing up field. Jamar held off the defender and slid the ball past the Riot keeper to score the game winner and complete the hat trick.
Jamar Beasley celebrating by leaping and throwing his jersey to fans...
While the Comets were the better team most of the evening, they did have some stretches where they did not play well and gave up goals a little too easily. With attacking veterans Tiguinho and Geison Moura injured, Leo Gibson moved back to the defense to help out for the missing Jeff Davis and team Captain Nate Houser, Coach Roentved was playing more rookies than he would have liked. Those rookies are getting some valuable experience though to help the team down the stretch. Lucas Rodriguez played well (with the exception of a couple shots).
It's just a good feeling to win our first game at home and to get the winning goal and really just helping my team.
I knew it was coming, I knew this team had the heart and desire to go out and get another win, especially after a big win in Milwaukee.
We have confidence but at the same time we are 3 and 6, we got to keep working out way up. We need to be a lot smarter when we go up and not let the other team to get back in the game.
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